Acne is an extremely common skin condition that affects any one at any stage of their lives (it is estimated that up to 85% of teens have acne at some time in their lives!). While we tend to see acne mostly in teens, about 20% of adult women will continue to make acne.
Acne happens for many reasons, but essentially the pore gets clogged, the oil glands during puberty is over secreting because of androgens produced during this time and finally acne-causing bacteria is present on the skin. These are all factors that contribute to the development of acne.
So, in treating acne, dermatologists tend to focus on each of the reasons by utilizing topical, oral, physical, laser or light therapies to treat your skin and its condition. Your dermatologist may use some of these modalities, part of these modalities or all of these in some form to treat your acne.
There has also been some recent data that suggests that diet additionally can have an effect on your acne and the successful treatment of your skin. Just like no two people are alike, no two treatments are alike and you may need to see your board certified dermatologist to help with treatment if you have tried over the counter products and are still suffering from acne, if you are developing cystic acne or scarring acne or anytime that you need assistance in getting your acne under control.